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Pep Guardiola explains what he learnt from Manchester City’s win over West Ham

The Hammers provided a valuable lesson

Manchester City v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has explained that he learnt a valuable lesson during Sunday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City went behind in the game due to Angelo Ogbonna’s header before storming back in the second half with goals from Nicolas Otamendi and David Silva.

Pep changed things at half-time, sending on Gabriel Jesus for Danilo and he explained why he had been forced to change his team.

"I learned to attack a bit differently," he said.

"Normally we don't play with two strikers and two wingers. Maybe to attack this kind of defence it is much better.

"They didn't want to play. When they lost the ball, they didn't press. They just went back with 10 players in the box. It has happened the last three games. It is almost impossible.

"With two strikers in the box, we can play the same way, with the same patience and the same quality. It is good news for me in the future.

"How we attacked in the second half was much better."

Source | BBC Sport

City’s win restores their eight-point lead at the top of the tabel and also sees them equal a top-flight record.

Meanwhile, Pep’s comments suggests he has found a way to combat teams who employ ultra defensive tactics, having been frustrated in midweek too by Southampton’s approach.